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  • I'd just like to point out that we've collected a LOT of new "faces" around here this spring and summer, which is officially wicked cool. Go X! -- urbino
    tda0818 Aug 8, 2008
  • Heh. You beat me to it, Mighk. Some good Xtracycle love. -- urbino --- In rootsradicals@^$1, "Mighk Wilson" wrote: > > Xtracycle got an awesome boost today with this piece in Salon: > > http://www.salon.com/mwt/good_life/2008/07/24/sports_utility_bicycle/print.html > > Favorite quote: "I was doing things that you are not supposed to be able to do without burning gas. I was kicking...
    tda0818 Jul 24, 2008
  • I think they -- unlike our local cops, in the incident I posted about earlier in the week -- got the charge right: assault with a deadly weapon. That said, I have to say it sounds like these cyclists acted very, very foolishly. They should have been riding single file, and the one who shouted an expletive back at the driver should have kept his mouth shut. When you're flying down a...
    tda0818 Jul 13, 2008
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  • $20k sounds about right to me. I'm not surprised that some people howled. (The stupid, to paraphrase Jesus, we always have with us.) But in reality, that's an almost undetectable amount of money in a city's budget. They drop more money than that on the ground, getting their keys out of their pocket. The real question is, now that they have the bike lanes, will they vigorously...
    tda0818 Jul 9, 2008
  • I don't think required registration would make much difference, if any, on the stolen bike front. Bikes are just too easy to part out. And unless you did some kind of engraved/stamped VIN on each tube (not sure how that would work with, say, carbon fiber), I don't see how registration would help recover even the frame. As for covering the expense of providing bike-friendly...
    tda0818 Jul 8, 2008
  • --- In rootsradicals@^$1, "beth" wrote: > I'm not holding my breath that bicycle OR bike rider licensing will become the law of the > land anytime soon. And the truth is, that's okay with me. I'm willing to accept the inherent > risk of living a bicycle lifestyle in a landscape designed for automobiles. Staying just under > the radar might not be such a bad thing depending on the...
    tda0818 Jul 6, 2008
  • I agree. After riding my X for several months, I ended up buying a cyclocross bike because I wanted something quick and nimble. Don't know anything about that specific Trek MTB, so I can't add anything to that conversation. -- urbino --- In rootsradicals@^$1, Jeff Ong wrote: > > > Don't do it! You will really miss having a relatively quick, nimble > bike when you don't need to...
    tda0818 Jul 4, 2008
  • Hi, Carl. I've owned an eZee for a few months now, and find it very effective. Because it comes already built into a [front] wheel, it's extremely easy to install. It's lighter than most, as is its battery, which has, to me, very useful range. You couldn't run it all-out all the time on your roundtrip commute, but it sounds like you wouldn't need to, with the hill at your back on...
    tda0818 Jul 4, 2008
  • I agree with all of that (both Mark's comments and Morgan's), but I still think the person upthread has a very valid point (sorry I forgot your name, person upthread): it *is* a bit hinky to charge a person more for a bike they've already put a down payment on. I understand it's not Surly's fault that inflation is happening. But it's not the customer's fault that Surly didn't buy...
    tda0818 Jul 3, 2008
  • I agree with Patrick. If you know you need a new bike, start there. OTOH, another possible approach to doing this in phases would be to add e-assist to your current bike. It would make things MUCH easier for you on those hills, and you could be getting accustomed to the e-assist feel while your bike fund refills. Then you could get the new bike and move the e-assist to it. Then add...
    tda0818 Jul 2, 2008